MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – SEPTEMBER

Welcome back, Readers!

Hope you had a great summer holiday. Hard to believe it’s already September with this hot weather, but Fall is here and the Mesdames are back on the move with book news, readings and events. And we’re happy to report recognition for our authors, too!

September has one of the year’s most important writing events, Toronto’s annual Word on the Street. The Mesdames will be back hosting their own table and will be helping out at tables sponsored by Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime. Do pay us a visit! 

 

SHOUT-OUTS AND RECOGNITION!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell received a glowing review in the September/October 2018 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for her very funny thriller, The B Team: The Case of the Angry First WifeHere’s what the reviewer had to say:

“the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake”

“The Toronto Sun calls her the Canadian “Queen of Comedy,” but I like to think of her as the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake. After five books featuring mafia goddaughter Gina Gallo, Campbell has launched this spin-off series about a bumbling team of vigilante heroes led by Gina’s cousin Del and seventy-something-year-old former cat burglar Great Aunt Kitty. The fast-paced humor is characterized by situations that are simultaneously madcap and bizarrely banal.”

 

Lisa de Nikolits

Mme Lisa De Nikolits is thrilled that her existentialist thriller, No Fury Like That, is short- listed for The 2018 Very Best Fiction Award by the Miramichi Reader, Independent Book Reviews for Independent Readers!

And her upcoming book, Rotten Peaches, received a rave review from Karen Dionne, the best-selling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter. Karen writes:

“Wow. Just wow. Lisa de Nikolits’ Rotten Peaches blew me away. A dark, compulsive, and addictive story in which the characters’ secrets and needs conflict with each other and fold back in on themselves in an ever-tightening noose, Rotten Peaches will keep readers gripped until the very last page. Highly recommended!”

Rotten Peaches launches at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur St, October 25th.

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

The Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario is coming up fast. This Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, meet Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles and many other fine Canadian crime women writers in beautiful Prince Edward County. Events include workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea.

Full details are on the Women Killing It festival’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesdames panel for the International Relations Section of the Women's University Club, Mississauga

L to R: Cathy Dunphy, Melodie Campbell, Lisa de Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, September 20, Mme Cathy Dunphy leads the panel of Mmes Melodie Campbell, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay and Rosemary McCracken to discuss crime fiction and international affairs with the Mississauga University Women’s Club. This is a private event.

 

Canzine Toronto

On Saturday, September 22nd, 4 pm, Mme Lisa de Nikolits will participate in a Panel discussion at Broken Pencil’s Canzine Toronto: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture with authors A.G. Pasquella, Brian Busby and more. The panel’s topic:  The Noir Small Press Resurgence: Anxiety, depravity, depression and, of course, hardboiled entertainment! Why noir is now a small press staple!

On September 28th and 29th, Lisa will be attending the Fog Lit Festival in St John, New Brunswick. She will be doing a group reading on Friday, Sept 28th, 7 pm and leading a workshop, The ABC’s to Better Writing, Saturday, Sept 29th at 9 am.

 

Word on the Street Toronto 2018

WORD ON THE STREET! Sunday, September 23rd

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

Lynne Murphy

Lynne Murphy

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

Sylvia Warsh

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

The Mesdames of Mayhem are back in 2018 hosting their own table at this annual event for book lovers. Mmes Jane Burfield, Lisa De Nikolits, Cathy Dunphy, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy, Sylvia Warsh and M. Ed Piwowarczyk will be on hand to tell readers about the Mesdames, to sell our award-winning anthology, 13 Claws, and of course, books by our authors. Come visit us in the Writers Block at table WB 7 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Word on the Street 2018 map

And be sure to visit Mme Caro Soles at the Bloody Words Mini-con booth, WB 12.

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

M. H. Callway

Coffin Hop Press’s noir anthology, The Dame Was Trouble launched in Calgary at the When Worlds Collide convention. All copies sold out!! The book is now available on Amazon.ca,  Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are thrilled to be in the line-up which includes: Gail Bowen, Kelly Armstrong, Elle McPherson and Jayne Bernard.

More good news from Mme Melodie Campbell. The seventh book in her hilarious Goddaughter series will be published by Orca Books in January 2019. We can’t wait to read Gina’s (mis)adventures in The Goddaughter Does Vegas.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Our fourth anthology, In the Key of Thirteen, is underway. And we’re delighted to announce the second contest for new authors previously unpublished in crime fiction.

The contest will open in October with deadline for submission, March 1, 2019. Rules will follow in our October Mesdames on the Move. All emerging authors welcome. Good Luck!!

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

Dead to Writes Podcast

September 2: Interview with literary author B.R. Stateham, (A Taste of Old RevengeThere Are No Innocents). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Invasion” by Mme Donna CarrickNorth on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 9: Interview with author Kate Raphael (Murder Under the Bridge). Short story reading of “Cover Girl”, flash fiction by Mme Melodie Campbell, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 16: Interview Joan Hicks Boone (The Best Girl). Short story: “Axe husband”, by Mme Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead,  Carrick Publishing

September 23: Interview with author Tina Wolff (Exacting Justice). Short story: “Runaway” by Joan O’Callaghan, from World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing, 2014

September 30: Interview with true crime author Nate Hendley (The Boy on the Bicycle). Short story reading TBD.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE – AUGUST UPDATE!

Greetings Readers!

Hope you’re enjoying this fine summer as much as we are. but even as we bask in the sun, we are on the move. As promised, here are our  updates for August!

 

BOOK READINGS AND EVENTS!

Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Ed Piwowarczyk

Ed Piwowarczyk

On Thursday, August 3rd, 6 pm, Madame Catherine Astolfo will speak about writing and read from her work at Grace Gallery on 29 Nelson Street, Brantford, ON.

On Saturday, August 5th, M. Ed Piwowarczyk is interviewed on Dead to Writes podcast and will read from his story, “Snake Bit”, from the Mesdames’ award-winning anthology, 13 Claws.

And if you’re looking for something fun to do on Labour Day weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, check out the Women Killing It Festival in Picton, Ontario. Mmes Cathy Astolfo and Caro Soles join several established Canadian crime writers to celebrate crime fiction. The festival includes workshops, readings and a Victorian Tea!

Full details on the festival’s website here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATION NEWS!

Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell

M. H. Callway

Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell are over the moon to be included in the terrific line-up of women writing noir in Coffin Hop Press’s upcoming anthology, The Dame was Trouble. Publication and author details to be released later this month.

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

August 1: Interview with literary author Jen Knox (The Glass City, After the Gazebo). #ReadersOnTheRun short story: “Bullet Proof” by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Carrick Publishing

August 5: Interview with M. Ed Piwowarczyk and short story reading of “Snake Bit”, his story in 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 12: Interview with Edith Maxwell, Macavity and Agatha-nominated author of Quaker Midwife Mysteries, Country Store, Local Foods and other mystery series. Short story: “The Peace of Mind Thief”, by Alex Carrick, “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction, Alex Carrick, Carrick Publishing

August 19: Interview with author Mike Rubin (The Cottoncrest Curse, Cashed Out) and reading of “The Right Choice” by Donna Carrick, 13 Claws by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2017

August 26: Interview with author Michelle Cox (A Girl Like You, A Ring of Truth) and reading of short story “Family Recipe” by Catherine Astolfo, EFD1: Starship Goodwords, Carrick Publishing 2012

 

 

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Connecting with readers

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Great blog by fellow mystery author, Jeff Markowitz on a wonderful and generous way to connect with readers.

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JULY and AUGUST

Greetings Readers!

The Mesdames are taking it easy in July and August, gearing up for a super-busy fall with Word on the Street, the Women Killing It mystery festival in Picton, new book launches and many reading events.

 

No worries: Our newsletter editors will be giving you exciting updates throughout the sultry weeks of July and August. So join our kitty on the beach, don your shades, grab a cool one and read on!

A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: OUR 4TH ANTHOLOGY!

13 Claws, our third anthology was such a smash success, we’re doing another.  Together with Carrick Publishing, we are delighted to announce our 4th anthology: IN THE KEY OF THIRTEEN!

Featuring crime fiction from cozy to noir, from comedy capers to murder most foul, all linked by the theme of MUSIC! 

And yes, we will be running a contest for stories by writers previously unpublished in the crime fiction genre!

More details in the Mesdames on the Move for September!

New Publications and Congratulations!

Congrats to Mme Rosemary McCracken whose story, “Black Bear Country”, is published in the July issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine.

Rosemary McCracken

Print and digital copies and subscriptions available on Amazon here. 

 

Here’s the cover reveal for Mme Lisa De Nikolits new novel, Rotten Peaches, to be released this fall by Inanna Publications It’s now available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

The four “rotten peaches” are the four main characters of this dark, comedic thriller featuring theft, blackmail, outrageous sex and of course, murder!

I can still smell the spilled blood and the acrid sweat that rose from the men’s skin as they died. I lean over the cool toilet, hugging the bowl. You’ll have to live with the consequences, Pa had said. He’s right. I have to get my act together.

For a sneak peek, read the advanced review by The Miramichi Reader here.

 

Melodie Campbell

Mel Campbell

M. H. Callway

Mmes M. H. Callway and Melodie Campbell  have stories in the upcoming anthology The Dame Was Trouble (Coffin Hop Press). Stand by for a cover and contributors reveal later this summer.

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Mme Caro Soles’ new thriller, People Like Us (Crossroads Press) is now available on Amazon Kindle.

James Dubro, gay activist and investigative journalist writes:

People Like Us is a beautifully written, intricate, haunting tale of how a Toronto woman’s seemingly perfect life is completely upended and almost destroyed by sexual secrets involving her close friends and a 19 year old gay street hustler. Nothing is at it appears to be in this profoundly moving coming of age novel. Caro Soles is a mature literary writer who in this subtle and haunting mystery is at the top of her game.

 

EVENTS AND READINGS!

 

Catherine Dumphy

Jane Burfield

Rosemary McCracken

On Thursday, July 5th, 6 pm, Mmes Catherine Dunphy, Jane Burfield, M.H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Rosemary McCracken will tell readers about the Mesdames of Mayhem and show how Canadian women are rocking the mystery world. The event takes place at the Palmerston Public Library, 560 Palmerton Avenue, Toronto.

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

July 1: Our Canada Day interview with former Canadian Parks Ranger and mystery author, George Mercer. #ReadersOnTheRun short story to be announced.

July 8: Interview with author Jayne Barnard and short story reading of “Easter Aches”, by Jayne Barnard, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing.

July 15: Interview with author Perry Block (Nouveau Old, Formerly Cute) and reading by Alex Carrick of short story “The Size of the Skip” from Three Scoops is a Blast, Carrick Publishing.

July 22: Interview with author Iris Waichler (Role Reversal). Short story reading to be announced.

July 29: Interview with author Jen Knox (Glass City, After the Gazebo). Short story reading to be announced.

 

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NEW WAY TO SELL BOOKS – VENDING MACHINES!

No doubt about it – selling print books is getting harder and harder. E books are great for portability and quick access to exciting new reads. But print books have several advantages: FANG can’t track your reading progress and you never have to recharge a book!

Mme Lisa de Nikolits was extremely fortunate and excited to not only have her book participate in a novel book selling venture: selling your book in a vending machine.  If you’re travelling through Billy Bishop airport, be sure to try out the book vending machine!

Lisa de Nikolits

 

 

 

 

Lisa also enjoyed a shoutout in the Toronto Star by Books Editor Deborah Dundas.  Here is the article:

No Fury Like That, by Toronto’s Lisa de Nikolits, is a novel partly set in an airport lounge that’s actually purgatory. Could there be a more apt read to pass the time while waiting for your plane to board?

The 2017 literary thriller is one of 20 independent titles available from a new vending machine at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Carry On Books — it’s on the departures level, before security — was put in place by the Literary Press Group, a collective of about 60 independent Canadian publishers.

“We wanted to experiment with a new way to reach readers,” said Christen Thomas, the organization’s executive director. “In this case we think we’ll be bringing books in front of people travelling to different cities in Canada and the States in an environment that’s great for reading.”

Inspiration for the machine came in part from the Biblio-Mat at The Monkey’s Paw bookshop on Bloor St. W., which provides used books, as well as short story machines in Edmonton and Paris airports that dispense a story for those in need of a quick read.

“We thought Billy Bishop was the best place to launch a book vending machine because there’s no real entertainment options on the flight,” noted Thomas. “We often see passengers reading the literature on the plane.” It’s also a way of trying to expand an audience that is becoming ever more difficult to reach.

Print book sales in Canada declined in 2017 by about 4 per cent in units sold and 3 per cent in value sold compared to 2016, according to numbers released in January by BookNet Canada, which tracks sales.

“We do have limited review space (in newspapers and magazines), some closure of independent and chain stores, as well as a decline of shelf and online space for independent Canadian literature,” Thomas said. “So we aim to help our members find audiences and help readers discover really innovative and diverse and emerging authors from across Canada.”

Carry On Books is a summer-long experiment running from June 1 to Aug. 31. The project was funded by the Canada Book Fund, which is part of the federal Department of Heritage.

The machine itself was modified from one that was used in condos to deliver groceries, including eggs, “so we know it’ll treat the books well,” laughed Thomas.

The books will be initially stocked in a rotation of 30 titles from six independent publishers. They are Book*hug, Brindle & Glass, Inanna Publications, Nightwood Editions, Playwrights Canada Press and Stonehouse Publishing.

“It can be very difficult to get independent books into hands of readers,” said Hazel Millar, managing editor of Book*hug. Her titles include work by Oisin Curran and Erin Wunker. “As independent publishers, we have limited financial resources and we have to be very creative with our marketing budgets.”

For this initiative, Millar notes they “consciously selected titles that have received critical acclaim, and in some cases have won, or been shortlisted for, awards.”

Books will cost between $16 to $20 with the machine set up to accept either debit or credit, but not cash. Other authors include award-winning Indigenous writers Gregory Scofield and Lee Maracle. A description of each book is provided on the side of the machine to make choosing easy.

“Some of my fave upmarket cosmetics are in vending machines in airports, so why not books?” quipped de Nikolits. “It’s a great way to showcase books that readers might have missed.”

 

 

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: JUNE

Greetings Readers!

June is another super-busy month for the Mesdames with loads of reading events,  publication news. But first, the biggest news for 2018:

13 CLAWS WINS THE ARTHUR ELLIS!!!

 

13 Claws Anthology

Thursday, May 24th was   Carrick Publishing’s night!

For almost a decade, Carrick Publishing has been a huge supporter of Canadian crime writers and given first voice to promising new authors like Elle MacPherson, winner of the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award.

A huge THANK YOU and mega hug to Donna and Alex Carrick, the publishers of the Mesdames three anthologies.

Big congrats and hugs go to Mme Catherine Astolfo for WINNING this year’s Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award for her terrifying tale, “The Outlier”. Jack Batten, the Toronto Star crime fiction reviewer, praised it as scary enough to give Paul Bernardo pause!

 

And heart-felt congratulations also go to our Arthur Ellis finalists, Mmes Jane Burfield, M. H. Callway and Sylvia Warsh! 

Sylvia Warsh

M. H. Callway

Jane Petersen Burfield

Jane Burfield

To read Cathy’s story and the amazing work by more than a dozen of Canada’s leading crime writers, buy a copy of 13 Claws today. It’s available on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple and in print form from our favorite bookstore, Sleuth of Baker Street.

MORE NEWS!

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

The Bony Blithe Minicon took place with great fun and success on Friday, May 25th. This year’s winner of the Bony Blithe prize is E. C. Bell for Dying on Second. Enjoy write-ups of the festival on E.C. Bell’s blog here and the Bony Blithe homepage here. This award, for mysteries that make you smile, was created and is run by Mmes Cheryl Freedman and Caro Soles.

 

Limestone Expo was held on May 26-27th in Kingston with several Mesdames and fellow Sisters in Crime participating on panels, such as “What makes a Great Whodunnit?” and “Film Tropes are Killing my Prose”.  A good time was had by M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken, Ed Piwowarczyk and Madona Skaff.  Great write-up of the event on Rosemary’s blog, Kingston on My Mind, here and loads of photos on the SinC website thanks to hard-working Marilyn!

Madona Skaff

Marilyn Kay

Lisa De Nikolits

Ed Piwowarczyk

WE GROW AGAIN!

We’re delighted that Catherine Astolfo has returned to the Mesdames from retirement. We look forward to more of her dark fiction.

And we welcome Monsieur, Kevin Thornton, whose stories and novels have been short-listed many times for the Arthur Ellis Award. Check out Kevin’s bio on the right side of this page!

 

New Publications and Congratulations!

A Ship Called Pandora story in Mystery WeeklyMelodie CampbellMme. Melodie Campbell’s new favourite short story. “A Ship Called Pandora”, appears in the June issue of Mystery Weekly.

Mystery Weekly is a Canadian publisher recognized by the Mystery Writers of America. All stories are eligible for consideration for the Edgar Award.

To learn more about this exciting new publication, to subscribe and to read some great new stories, check out their Mystery Weekly website.

 

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

Mme Caro Soles’ new thriller, People Like Us, will be released this fall and here is the engaging cover!

How well do you know your friends? At a cottage reunion of old university pals, a telephone call threatens their tightly knit circle. Long-buried secrets being to crack their perfect lives wider and wider until one buckles under the pressure and slides headlong into murder.

 

EVENTS AND READINGS!

 

On Tuesday, June 5th, 2 pm, Mmes Catherine Dunphy, M.H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits and Marilyn Kay will tell their audience why Canadian women are rocking the mystery world. The event takes place at the Beaches Public Library, Program Room, 2161 Queen St. East, Toronto.

 

On Saturday, June 9th, Mme Sylvia Warsh will be one of the authors of What’s Your Story, North York and Scarborough? This celebration of reading and writing in North York and Scarborough will be hosted by award-winning author Catherine Hernandez.

The afternoon event takes place at Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane Avenue, Toronto.

Sylvia will be reading from her North York story at 1:15 pm. At 2:30 pm, Catherine Hernandez will hold a workshop Decolonizing Writing Practice, to help authors find truth in their own literary voice. And at 3 pm there will be a Publisher Speed Dating event with Quattro Books, Guernica Editions, Dundurn Press, Cormorant Books, ECW Press and Inanna Publications. For more information visit the open book website here.

 

Also , on Saturday, June 9th, 11 am to 3 pm, Mmes Rosemary McCracken and Caro Soles will join fellow CWC authors Anita Arvast, Anna Dowdall, Judy Penz Sheluk and Jennifer Soosar  at Chapters / Indigo, 3900 Highway 7, Unit 1, Woodbridge. The event is part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

On Tuesday, June 12th, 2 pmMme M. H. Callway will be giving her popular, How to Get Published, workshop at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street East, Toronto. And on Tuesday, June 19th, 6 pm, she will be give the same workshop as a guest of Rosemary McCracken’s novel writing course at George Brown College.

 

Caro SolesOn Tuesday, June 19th, 2 pm, Mme Caro Soles, will be giving a talk on the Pitfalls of Writing Historical Fiction, also at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen Street East, Toronto.

 

Melodie CampbellOn Thursday, June 21st, 7 pm,  Mme Melodie Campbell joins fellow comedy writers Janet Bolin, Elizabeth Duncan and Steve Shrott for a Die Laughing panel at the Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto. Moderated by Lynn Macpherson.

 

Also on Thursday, June 21st, 5:30 to 7 pm, Lisa De Nikolits joins writers, Sky Curtis and Mary Lou Dickinson for an authors’ event at Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Rd, Toronto.

 

 

 

COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

June 1: Interview with renowned host of Conversations LIVE Cyrus Webb and reading of “Watermelon Weekend”, Donna Carrick, nominated for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Best Short Story Award, featured in Thirteen by the Mesdames of Mayhem, Carrick Publishing, 2013.

June 3: Interview with author Lizbeth Meredith (Pieces of Me) and short story reading of “Corner Store”, Donna Carrick.

June 10: Interview with author Michael Jecks (the Knights Templar series) and reading of short story “Appearances”, Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead, Carrick Publishing.

June 17: Interview with author Jennifer Berg (the Elliot Bay mystery series) and reading of “Delights in Novelty”, Brad Ling, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing.

June 24: Interview with Canadian Crime writer Dee Wilson and reading of “July is Hell”, Mme Melodie Campbell, Thirteen, Carrick Publishing.

 

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TWO GREAT EVENTS COMING UP!

Greetings Readers!

13 Claws Anthology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mesdames have two great events coming up next week. On Thursday, May 26th, 6 pm, we will be attending the Arthur Ellis Awards gala at the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto. We are incredibly honoured to have no less than FOUR nominations from our third anthology, 13 Claws: Cathy Astolfo (ret’d), Jane Burfield and Sylvia Warsh for Best Short Story and M. H. Callway for Best Novella!

Jane Burfield

M. H. Callway

Sylvia Warsh

 

 

 

 

 

And on Friday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala takes place at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto.

A message from Mme Cheryl Freedman, Assistant to the Once and Future Bloody Boss and 2018 Bony Blithe Chair, Mme Caro Soles.

Cheryl Freedman

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my criminous friends…

Just a reminder to those of you who haven’t registered for the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala that time is running out: The event is next Friday, May 25, so register now for a fun day of mirth and murder.

New this year are some panels to broaden the horizon of our bony gal, with topics that aren’t focused strictly on light mysteries.

Sex and the Saucy Bits. From characters walking off chastely into the sunset to a jolly bout of good old rumpy-pumpy, how much sex do we want to see in mysteries?

Expletive Deleted? Even the most gentle of sleuths must lose their cool sometimes, so how do characters express themselves when life poops on them? Including a look at creative cussing through the ages.

Killing Them Softly. Guns are so gauche when there are so many other classier and more innovative ways of offing one’s enemies. From a bullet to the brain to a knitting needle to the heart.

Sleuths and Sidekicks. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Even cops have partners (official or unofficial), and what would Sherlock have done without Watson. Who are your favourite crime-fighting duos?

Woof! Meow! Oink! No matter how badly your investigation is going, you can always turn to your best friend – your pet – for comfort. What role do animals play in various kinds of mysteries?

Besides our panels, your registration also includes lunch and dinner, afternoon nibblies, a book room, and a chance to network, meet old and new friends, and speak with authors.

All this for only $65. So register now for the 2018 Bony Blithe Mini-con and Award Gala on the website here.

 

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THE MESDAMES LOVE A GOOD CHAT!

via The Mesdames love a good chat!

The Mesdames visited Vanessa’s Picks this week. Click the above link to join our chat!

Thanks to Mme Rosemary McCracken for sharing!

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MESDAMES ON THE MOVE: MAY

 GREAT NEWS READERS!

MAY is one of the most important months of the year for Canadian crime writing when Crime Writers of Canada announces the winners of the Arthur Ellis awards for excellence in crime fiction.

The  2018 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Event took place on Wednesday, April 18th across Canada.  

In Toronto, award-winning author, Elizabeth J. Duncan  emceed the event. And 13 Claws ruled the night! Imagine our surprise, delight and honour when FOUR authors in the Mesdames’ 3rd anthology, 13 Claws, heard their names read out!

13 Claws

The Arthur Ellis awards will be given out at the annual gala on  Thursday, May 24th, 6 pm at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St., Toronto. Tickets are going fast.  Order through the CWC website.

And MEET FOUR 13 CLAWS AUTHORS on reviewer, Vanessa Westermann’s blog, Vanessa’s Picks here.

Congratulations!

Cathy Astolfo

Jane Burfield

Jane Burfield

Madeleine Harris-Callway

M. H. Callway

 

 

 

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

 

 

Donna Carrick

Editor, Donna Carrick

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the four Mesdames whose stories are finalists for the 2018 Arthur Ellis awards:

  • Retired Mme Cathy Astolfo, Best Short Story for “The Outlier”
  • Mme Jane Burfield, Best Short Story for “There be Dragons”
  • Mme M. H. Callway, Best Novella for “Snake Oil”
  • Mme Sylvia Warsh, Best Short Story for “The Ranchero’s Daughter”

A huge thank you is due to Mme Donna Carrick, editor of the Mesdames’ three anthologies, including 13 Claws, to Carrick Publishing for their wonderful support of Canadian crime writing and to Sara Carrick for her signature cover design!

13 Claws is available at Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, in Kindle and print form on Amazon.ca and in the Toronto Public Library.

Publication News!

Melodie Campbell

Mme Melodie Campbell has signed with Orca Books for the 6th book in her hilarious Goddaughter series. For release in 2019.

And Melodie and M. H. Callway are both delighted that their stories have been accepted for the noir anthology by Coffin Hop Press, The Dame was Trouble, to be published later in 2018.

 

Rosemary McCrackenMme Rosemary McCracken has just sold her suspense story, “Black Bear Country” to Mystery Weekly Magazine. Stay tuned for details on its publication.

 

And a reminder that tMalice Domestic: Mystery Most Geographicalhe 2018 Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Geographical, is now available to readers on Amazon where readers can enjoy Sylvia Warsh’s story, “The Cabin in the Woods”.

 

 EVENTS AND READINGS!

Tuesday May 8th. It’s a Crime, Novel, that is.

Melodie CampbellWhat makes a crime novel? Join Mme Melodie Campbell, at the Beaches Branch, TPL, 2161 Queen St. East, as she talks about the many sub-genres of crime fiction, and the expectations for each. This workshop is perfect for anyone who loves reading crime fiction, and/or desires to try writing it. 2-3:30 pm. Free. To register, contact the Beaches Branch at 416-393-7703.

 

M.H. CallwaySaturday, May 12th. Seraphim Editions Author Appreciation.

Mme M. H. Callway is attending a special author appreciation event hosted by her publisher, Seraphim Editions to showcase a new project to augment author visibility.  The launch will be held at the Women’s Art Association, 21-23 Prince Arthur, 1 to 4 pm.

 

Rosalind PlaceSunday, May 13th. Launch of County Wave Anthology.

The County Wave is an anthology of 21 stories by Prince Edward County writers, including Mme Roz Place. The culmination of the Cressy Lakeside Books short story contest, The County Wave offers readers a wide range of styles and story lines that are thought provoking and entertaining and illustrations by local artists.

Meet the authors at Picton’s Old Town Hall, 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, enjoy a refreshments and help celebrate this wonderful event.

 

Thursday, May 24th, 6pm. The Arthur Ellis Awards gala to be held at the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St., Toronto. Several Mesdames will be in attendance!

 

 

Friday, May 25th, 11 am to 9 pm. The Bony Blithe Gala and Minicon. High Park Club, 100 Indian Rd.

Registration is now open; sign up on the Registration page on the Bony Blithe website.

Cheryl Freedman

Cheryl Freedman

Caro Soles

Caro Soles

 

 

 

 

 

The $65 registration fee includes lunch, three panels or discussions, a book dealer, a loot bag, afternoon nibblies, and, of course, the award banquet in the evening.

 

Saturday May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, 9am to 5pm. Limestone Genre Expo.

The conference to be held at the Waterfront Holiday Inn, Kingston.  Several Mesdames are confirmed as panelists and readers, including: M. H. Callway, Lisa De Nikolits, Marilyn Kay, Rosemary McCracken and Madona Skaff.

Marilyn Kay

Marilyn Kay

Rosemary McCracken

Madona Skaff

Madona Skaff

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday May 30thMme Lisa De Nikolits joins authors Sky Curtis, Terri Favro and Gianna Patriarca  at Fearlessly Funny Femmes Fatales, sponsored by Inanna Press at Famous Last Words Bar, 6 to 8 pm, 392 Pacific Avenue, Toronto.

 

 

 COMING UP ON DEAD TO WRITES

May 1: Interview with organized crime expert and freelance journalist Stephen G. Metelsky (underworldstories.com) and short story reading of “Prepared”, Mme Donna Carrick (Carrick Publishing)

May 6: Interview with author Junying Kirk (The Journey to the West trilogy) and short story reading of “The Grief Machine”, Alex Carrick

May 13: Interview with author Judy Penz Sheluk (Skeletons in the Attic, The Hanged Man’s Noose) and reading of short story “Live Free or Die”, Judy Penz Sheluk, World Enough and Crime anthology, Carrick Publishing

May 20: Interview with author Russell Parkway (The Demeter Code) and reading of “Doctor Shediac”, Mme Donna Carrick, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

May 27: Interview with renowned host of Conversations LIVE Cyrus Webb and reading of “Appearances”, Mme Donna Carrick, North on the Yellowhead

REMINDERS!

Several important Mesdames readings and workshops are coming up in June. Details later this month.

 

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TERRIFIC NEWS FROM ARTHUR ELLIS!

13 Claws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 18th will be a night to remember for the Mesdames, with FOUR Arthur Ellis nominations for 13 Claws!! We were blown away to be so honoured! And we owe everything to Carrick Publishing.

Mme Donna Carrick, our editor, writes:

I’ll get right to the point. I am over the moon!!!

Heartfelt Congratulations to:

  • Mme Mad (M.H. Callway) Finalist Best Novella for “Snake Oil” 

  • Mme Jane Petersen Burfield Finalist: Best Short Story for “There Be Dragons”

  • Mme Sylvia Maultash Warsh Finalist: Best Short Story for “The Ranchero’s Daughter”

  • Cathy Astolfo (Mme, retired) Finalist: Best Short Story, “The Outlier”

Huge thanks to all the authors who contributed to this exceptional anthology!

And thanks to Sara Carrick for the outstanding ORIGINAL AND BEAUTIFUL cover and to M. Ed Piwowarczyk for the fine standard of Copy Editing.

And yes, on behalf of Carrick Publishing I will take a tiny bow. We strive for excellence in presentation and I believe we achieved it with this great book!

For the full listing of Arthur Ellis finalists, including Best Novel, click here.

 

 

 

 

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